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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DuckyGurl, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. My Pekin/Campbell duck was acting listless yesterday, very unusual for her. I checked her all over, she looked fine. Then I found this this morning:


    I cleaned it up really well, and tried to push it in very gently. It wouldn't go, so I stopped. It then started to bleed. She is in a quiet, dark place with lots of clean shavings to rest in. Is there anything I can do?

  2. ParadiseFoundFarm

    ParadiseFoundFarm Goddess of Good Things

    Jul 6, 2010
    Joliet, IL
    [​IMG] Sorry Hun. I had prolapse here once, but never that bad. I was able to clean and push in, but it was so much less than that, more like a protrusion. I did what you did and use Preparation H to shrink the tissue. I don't know what you can do but love her or get her to the vet.
  3. angusb

    angusb In the Brooder

    Jul 24, 2009
    That does look like a bad prolapse, so sorry. I think ParadiseFoundFarm is right, about all you can do (unless you want to take her to the vet, who is not likely to do much more than this anyway) is to let her soak for a bit in body-temp water (about 100 degrees) to clean it off as much as possible, spread on some Preparation H to kill the pain and shrink the tissues, and then push it back in. I would NOT let it hang out like that--I'd push it carefully, but as forcefully as necessary, to get it back in, but that's really up to you. There are, of course, no guarantees either way. This tissue is like the lining of your mouth--not meant to be exposed to the air for a long period--and leaving it out runs the risk of drying out to the point where it starts to necrotize and scab over. I've dealt with this in a chicken before, but not a duck. Sorry again, and good luck to you both.
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2012
  4. I tried to push it in, only resulted in bleeding. I am lubricating it. I cleaned it off really well with warm water. We don't have any poultry vets around here, and they would prob say there is nothing you can do. How do I tell if she is in pain? I don't want her to be in pain.
  5. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Songster

    Mar 14, 2011
    Try using a lot of olive oil... use a disposable or thin rubber glove (to cover any finger nails..), put your finger directly in the center of the prolapse and try to insert it back in. You'll probably get some bleeding, but you have to do what you have to do - the bleed should cease. I've seen where some people end up putting a stitch over the vent to hold the prolapse in - but you'll have to decide if that's needed. If you can't reinsert the prolapse - you'll probably want to cull her so she doesn't suffer. I'm so sorry...
  6. angusb

    angusb In the Brooder

    Jul 24, 2009
    To be clear, when pushing, you don't just push. Since it has been turned basically inside-out, you need to locate the very center, or the passageway that is still open to the interior of her body, and push in such a way that it turns itself right-side-in, so to speak. Think of it like turning a sock inside out. Good luck.
  7. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Songster

    Mar 14, 2011

  8. gapeach717

    gapeach717 Songster

    Mar 9, 2012
    North, ga
    I have only dealt with this with dogs doing dog rescue. I have seen some have surgery with internal stitching and some put to sleep bc of the damage. I wish I had more than just comfort to offer. (((hugs)))
  9. She's gone. She went peacefully and quickly. I didn't expect her to make it, and was actually contemplating the easiest way to put her out of her misery. She was the best duck I've ever had the privilege of owning.
  10. aznewmom

    aznewmom In the Brooder

    Mar 28, 2008
    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, Duckygirl. I am so very sorry. I just got on here to look up something else and saw your post. Breaks my heart. I lost one of my "friends", Flash, two weeks ago, (totally different circumstances) and that makes two of my special girls (chickens) since October. I miss them and am so sad. They do make a special place in your heart, don't they? I never thought they would, when I started all this backyard stuff. [​IMG] ANYWAY............many {{{{hugs}}}} to you. Again, I'm so sorry for your loss.

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